2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 could get extra range with bigger battery – Report

The long-range variant of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the U.S. and Canada gets a bigger, 77.4 kWh battery pack compared to the 72.6 kWh unit in other markets. A report from etnews.com suggests that Hyundai will start offering the Ioniq 5 long-range with the bigger battery in new markets in 2022.

The report says that South Korea will get the Ioniq 5 long-range with a 77.5 kWh battery pack (rounded figure of the 77.4 kWh) in South Korea and other markets in early 2022. The 58 kWh battery pack consists of 24 modules/288 cells, while the 72.6 kWh battery pack has 30 modules/360 cells. The 77.4 kWh battery pack available in the U.S. and Canada, presumably the same unit as the reported 77.5 kWh battery pack, should be a 32-module/384-cell unit.

In South Korea, the Ioniq 5 range figure could rise from 429 km (267 miles) to 480-490 km (298-304 miles) with the new battery, as per the report. In Europe, the maximum possible WLTP range may increase from 481 km (299 miles) to around 525 km (326 miles) in 2022 with the introduction of the bigger battery.

Here’s a quick recap of all the developments of the Ioniq 5 in the global market.

Ioniq 5 developments in Europe & South Korea

Pre-orders

In Europe, Hyundai announced on March 3, 2021, that it had received more than 10,000 pre-orders for the Ioniq 5. With customers required to deposit EUR 1,000 for reservation, Hyundai says that these pre-orders imply an actual purchase intention. The company had received more than 236,000 inquiries about the new electric crossover in the Old Continent.

Ioniq 5 was able to get an explosive response from customers in one day because it responded to customers’ demands and expectations for Hyundai Motor’s first dedicated electric vehicle that will provide a whole new experience with innovative design and advanced technology.

Hyundai official commenting on Ioniq 5’s record-breaking pre-orders on the first day

Colors

ExteriorInterior
Gravity Gold MatteObsidian Black and Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray
Shooting-Star Gray MatteDark Teal/Dove Gray
Digital Teal-Green PearlTerra Brown/Mud Gray (South Korea-only)
Lucid Blue Pearl
Atlas White
Cyber Gray Metallic
Phantom Black Pearl
Gray Metallic
Mystic Olive-Green Pearl
Ioniq 5 colors in the global market.

Specifications

Aspect\SpecificationsStandard Range 2WDStandard Range AWDLong Range 2WDLong Range AWD
Battery Pack Capacity58.0 kWh58.0 kWh72.6 kWh72.6 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutRWDAWDRWDAWD
Motor(s)RearFront & rearRearFront & rear
Power125 kW173 kW160 kW225 kW
Torque350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h/0-62 mph)8.5 seconds6.1 seconds7.4 seconds5.2 seconds
Top Speed185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)
Range (Europe, WLTP)384 km (239 miles)360 km (224 miles)481 km (299 miles)460 km (286 miles)
Range (S. Korea, MOTIE)336 km (209 miles)319 km (198 miles)429 km (267 miles)390 km (242 miles)
Ioniq 5 specifications in the global market

E-pit charging stations

Hyundai Motor Group leverages Electrify America and Ionity EV charging networks in U.S. and European markets, respectively. In South Korea, it is building an in-house charging network under the new E-pit brand. Like Tesla Superchargers, E-pit chargers offer the plug & charge function. In addition, they are sheltered in a futuristic charging station made of a canopy structure featuring a minimalist design.

Hyundai E-pit charging station with Ioniq 5
The Formula 1-inspired E-pit charging stations would allow recharging the Ioniq 5 to 80% in about 18 minutes. Image: Hyundai Motor Group

HMG planned to open E-pit charging stations with a total of 72 chargers at 12 highway rest areas in mid-April 2021, and then 8 more E-pit charging stations, with 48 chargers, in cities. It is possible to achieve a range of about 100 km or 62 miles with a 5-minute charging at the E-pit charging stations.

Sales

Sales of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in S. Korea began in April 2021, and by the end of September 2021, they have totaled 15,467 units. The brand’s home market is consistently experiencing demand of around 3,000 units every month now.

MonthHyundai Ioniq 5 sales (S. Korea)
April 2021114
May 20211,919
June 20213,667
July 20213,447
August 20213,337
September 20212,983
October 20213,783
YTD19,250 units
Hyundai Ioniq 5 sales in South Korea (Source: Hyundai Motor Group)